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Dr. Ted Huff is the principal of Francis Howell Middle School in St. Charles, MO. Ted is passionate about setting standards of excellence within all facets of the school setting. Focused on character education, Ted believes that by establishing relationships first, everything else will fall into place. As a 21st century educator, he believes we must equip our students and staff with the technology and best practices that will empower them to be successful at all levels of performance.

TedTed Huff is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.  You can hear his best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

A progressive proponent of social media and bring your own device, Ted models the expectations for his staff, students and community. He is the founder of #FHMchat, Howell Middle’s parent-teacher-community chat. He is also an active participant, like Laura Gilchrist, in #MOedchat. Ted is 2014 graduate of the Technology Leadership Academy and he is a BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Principal. In addition, Ted is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University.

Online, you can find Ted by reading his blog, theodorehuff.blogspot.com and following him on Twitter at @TedHiff and at @News4FHMS.

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Sharon Slodounik (750 SQ)Sharon Slodounik is in her 13th year as a gifted specialist at Glenridge Elementary in the School District of Clayton in Missouri. Staying on the cutting edge of education has been her goal, which always included integrating technology — whatever was the current technology of the time.

Sharon is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

She shares that at ISTE 2014, Senior Education Evangelist at Google Jaime Casap reminded the audience that the smart phone in our hand is the worst technology that a 5-year-old will ever see. With that kind of future thinking in mind, Sharon has integrated robotics in her work with students and sponsored multiple after school LEGO Mindstorms sessions for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was also instrumental in piloting a successful building 5th grade STEM Day that moved to a district wide event the next year.

With a BS and MS in Secondary Education, Administrative Certification and many additional hours of graduate study, her career experiences include being a library media specialist as well as years in elementary and secondary teaching. Connect with Sharon on Twitter @sharonslodounik.

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gmlp agenda for nov 14

photo by Mary Pat Gallagher • infographic by Rebecca Morrison

Gateway Media Literacy Partners invites area (pre)K-12 educators to an experiential outdoor workshop with a media literacy infusion at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center during Media Literacy Week. On Friday, November 14, GMLP will hold STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit. Science educators, media specialists, art teachers- anyone is welcome to attend this day of learning.

This is a bring your own device workshop; while you attend, take fall nature photos to share on Instagram; tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your professional learning network! Think critically about media presentations, learn how to make videos, understand how to use a GPS, appreciate Missouri ecology, network with other educators and more!

This workshop will be lead by the GMLP Education Community Engagement Committee, Shaw outdoor educators, volunteer teacher naturalists and edtech instructors. Also, Don Corrigan, author, publisher and Webster University journalism professor will keynote, discussing his book Environmental Missouri. Topics he addresses in his book include: urban sprawl, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, as well as noise and light pollution. Don is a GMLP Klotzer Award Honoree.

Workshop sessions will be held both indoors and outside. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school.

Much of the workshop curriculum- focusing on science and technology especially- aligns to Missouri Learning Standards. Visit our registration page to see links! A full day of learning will take place, registration cost is $20 per person (bring fee onsite the day of the event). Lunch will be provided.

 

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ell faber

original blog post about Creating Success for ELL Students

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session on Creating Success for ELL Students is full- however- she’s agreed to facilitate another one on November 7th! At that event, she will also provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. For more details on this full-day session in November at the Brentwood Conference Center, visit our registration page.

Here’s more about the training: as the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Faber received her bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

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This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education.  The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.

Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum.  Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.

There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”

Visit www.pastispresentauschwitz.com for more information.

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Jennifer LaGarde METCMETC 2015 featured speaker Jennifer LaGarde is the lead & high school librarian for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. Read her award-winning blog at librarygirl.net and follow her boards on Pinterest.

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